November 19


06:00 pm - 09:00 pm

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Defense Entrepreneurs Forum


DEF Hampton Roads is thrilled to announce our next event will be taking place at O’Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00 PM. We’ll hear from Luke Shabro and the Army Mad Scientist team as they lead us through a live crowdsourcing exercise exploring topics that affect the operational environment and the defense entrepreneurship enterprise. Networking will happen throughout the event – bring your own brain, buy your own beer, be ready for an awesome time!

Some information on our awesome partner for this event:

The Army Mad Scientist Initiative (@ArmyMadSci) is a blended team of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and Army Futures Command (AFC) personnel who work to think about the future differently, help describe the continuum of the operational environment – from present to deep future –, and engage with people and organizations the Army normally doesn’t. The MadSci Initiative holds several conferences a year exploring disruptive trends and technologies, has multiple writing contests every year, and crowdsources continuously to harness the “Intellect of the Nation”.

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum is a non-profit network of problem solvers in the military, government and private sector that work together to increase innovation and support disruptive thinkers in the national security space. The mission of DEF is “Inspire – Connect – Empower” and involves not only monthly gatherings around the world, but periodic DEFx events, an annual conference, and ongoing collaboration via Slack, Facebook and LinkedIn. DEF Hampton Roads meets on a recurring basis to hear innovative leaders, entrepreneurs and authors share their stories and to get new ideas flowing in a casual environment (where uniforms and rank are left at the door).

If you are a military member, work in government, are an entrepreneur focused on national security, or find the idea of helping solve tough problems enticing, then the DEF Hampton Roads’ monthly events are a great way to learn more.


Why should I register? Taking the couple minutes it takes to register helps the local DEF team to better prepare the planned space and coordinate with the restaurant for everyone who plans on attending. Thanks in advance!

What are my transportation/parking options? Parking is available in the vicinity, but taxi and ride share work as well.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Feel free to message DEF any questions you may have on Facebook in advance, or shoot us an email. We don’t like spam, but are interested in just about anything else that falls into DEF lanes, so, when in doubt, reach out! We are, after all, about connecting people.